2011 Dodge Charger vs. Its Competition

2011 Dodge Charger R/T
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The rear-wheel-drive 2011 Dodge Charger lands in an odd spot in the market; it doesn't quite compete with luxury sedans like the BMW 5-Series and Infiniti M, but it has a different layout, sporting pretenses, and a lot more personality than the likes of the Toyota Avalon, Buick Lucerne, or Chevrolet Impala.

The Nissan Maxima has front-wheel drive but is more upscale and stylish inside, with an inspired but not high-performance feel.

For those looking more for comfort but with rear-wheel-drive poise and a true luxury-car feel, the Hyundai Genesis is worth considering, too.

A compromise—and a completely different beast—is the Ford Taurus SHO; with its powerful EcoBoost turbocharged V-6 engine and all-wheel-drive layout, it's more sophisticated but also more expensive.

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8.0
The Charger R/T is a passionate play in a niche full of milquetoast four-doors. You don't have to wear a mullet to love it and own it.
6.8
It's big and reasonably priced, but the 2011 Chevrolet Impala can't match other full-sizers on sex appeal or high-tech features.
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The 2011 Ford Taurus isn’t quite a game-changing sedan, but it's a handsome, solid, high-quality choice.
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If you can do without a luxury logo, the 2011 Hyundai Genesis provides performance, features, and comfort—including impressive detailing—to match premium-brand sedans costing much more.
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The 2011 Nissan Maxima is no longer primarily a sport sedan; think of it as comfortable and refined first, with its sportiness a bonus, and you’ll be happy.
MSRP From    
$25,395$24,495$25,420$33,000$31,750
Gas Mileage    
15 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas V6Gas/Ethanol V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6
EPA Class    
LargeLargeLarge CarsLarge carMid-Size
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan SE RWD4-Door Sedan LS Retail4-Door Sedan SE FWD4-Door Sedan V64-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 S
Drivetrain    
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55555
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
4dr Sdn4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission    
AutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODContinuously Variable